January 15, 2001
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Frederick Hughes, the longtime business manager for Andy Warhol, died Sunday. He was 57.
Hughes suffered from multiple sclerosis for many years and died of complications related to the illness, said his mother, Jennie Hughes.
In addition to serving as Warhol's business manager from the late 1960s until the artist's death in 1987, Hughes executed his will and is regarded as the driving force behind the founding of the Andy Warhol Museum in Warhol's hometown of Pittsburgh. The museum opened in 1994.
"Fred Hughes was almost unilaterally responsible for deciding that Pittsburgh should be the home of the Warhol Museum," said Donald Miller, a senior editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and retired art and architecture critic for the newspaper.
Hughes also was the driving force behind a 1988 Sotheby's auction of some of Warhol's personal effects that netted over $20 million.
The Texas native studied art history, and met Warhol in the mid-1960s on a trip to New York City. At the time, Warhol was revolutionizing the art world by turning everday items into works of art. Hughes moved to the city to work for Warhol.
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